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Dear <<Name>>,
 
As the world heals from the deadly pandemic, and copes with other socio-economic turmoil, Dakshini has taken a step forward with the election of the Executive Committee 2022-2024 under the leadership of Riddhi Chakraborty.  From Tagore to Thoreau, from Flamenco to Kathak, and from pizza to pantua, 2022-2024 Dakshini Committee’s inaugural theme on April 30th of “East Meets West” was a joy to partake in.
A Thank You From Your New Executive Committee
We extend heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend the ceremony on April 30.  In addition, appreciation is also extended to the event coordinators, performers, and the numerous energetic and dedicated individuals who tirelessly worked in various capacities towards the success of the event. To those who could not attend, we missed you. Dakshini promises to bring better and diverse events in the future, which would be possible only with your whole-hearted support and blessings.
Remembering Maitreyi Di and Oath
Following the somber moment of remembering Maitrayi Majumdar by observing silence, the new Leadership Team took the oath to office initiated by Dr. Moloy Das and supported by Mr. Ajoy Dube.
Guests & Felicitation
Considering that Torrance is the birthplace of the organization, Dakshini invited and felicitated some prominent members from the city of Torrance including Mayor Patrick Furey, Councilman George Chen, Councilman Jack Walser, Torrance Police Chief Jay Hart, members from Torrance Police Department and Fire Department, We witnessed a bond of unity created between Eastern and Western communities, which could only be strengthened by continued demonstration of mutual respect and collaboration in the future. 
Executive Committee launched the Senior Assistance Program “JOY”.
Dakshini Mobile App
The audience was introduced to the newly home-grown Dakshini App to have all Dakshini information at fingertips. Dakshini moves forward to promote visibility to the local entrepreneurs, support small businesses in the community, and strive to reach out to senior citizens with resources and services.
Milestone
Highschoolers Aarya Moulik and Proma Majumudar presented the mission and work of Dakshini’s Youth Leadership Team launching the Milestone Program, focusing on our local outreach as well as our assistance in India through Akshaya Patra. 
Partners
Dakshini took an innovative step to introduce Partners directly with community and supporting them to get the exposure to benefit their business. Dakshini welcomes all organizations or business who wants to work with the organization to serve the community and support Dakshini Philanthropic initiatives.
East Meets West – Cultural program
One of the evening’s highlights was the colorful and vibrant dance program choreographed by Debapriya Bhattacharya under the able guidance of Siddhartha Dattagupta, which depicted the essential spirit of ‘East meets West’.  Through the masterfully orchestrated music and dance presentations, the participants etched in everyone’s heart that there is truly only one world of unity, respect and friendship. Siddhartha Dattagupta’s soulful recitations as background score for the dances evoked fresh spring air among ever colorful daffodils. Suchismita, Basanti and Daibik’s eloquent anchoring of this program in Bangla and English was a beautiful touch.
Adda & Gaan with Anindya
Following dinner, as for the “modhureno somapoyet” (sweet ending), Dakshini surprised everyone with a delightful bang! The immensely pleasant (and surprise) musical rendition in an ‘adda/interview’ or ‘Baithaki’ style was with the very popular and talented Anindya Chatterjee from the famous Bengali band Chandrabindoo.  With his easygoing personality, conversations with Siddhartha Dattagupta, inclusion of familiar tunes, Anindya enthralled the audience.
Abornita directed the entire evening to flawless execution with her natural flair and enthusiasm. We were humbled to see three hundred odd members join the event. This is our community, and this is who we serve. In our work we will continue today’s theme, take constructive steps along with our members, and make a positive difference together.
~~The Executive Committee wishes you the best~~
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Writing Credit: Sharmila Dasgupta & Priyodarshi Majumdar
Picture Credit:  Arnab Dasgupta, Wendy Reeves, Somali Saha & Payel Biswas
Video Credit :    Dipankar Basu
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